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The Best Paint Colours for East Facing Rooms

Posted on February 13, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

 

How Eastern Exposure Can Affect Paint Colours

I’ve received MANY questions from readers wondering which paint colours were best for their east and west-facing rooms. The main comment being ‘there seems to be a lot of info out there for north and south-facing rooms, but nothing for east and west-facing rooms!’

Do you want to know why? Because they are a total and complete bugger. I curse them and throw a quarter in the jar every time (the jar is now full).

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige in a country farmhouse style guest bedroom with wood trim and neutral bed linens. Kylie M E-design and ONline Color consulting

So, I have strapped on my big girl panties and pulled ALL of my thoughts together for you (scary), combined them with my 17 years of colour experience and finally made some sense of it all. However, it’s a lot of info, so, today we’re focusing on EAST facing rooms only (west will come later on a broomstick).

East Facing Light and How it Can Affect Paint Colours

EAST-FACING MORNING LIGHT

Rooms with an east-facing morning light get a nice soft, clean dose of warm sunshine in the morning (but not the same as the more intense golden warmth you’ll get in a west-facing afternoon), but as the sun rises you’ll also notice a lot of shadows.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, porcelain greige subway tile, gray linen tower with bathroom decor and design by Kylie M Interiors

 

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The morning sunlight is bright, clear and slightly WARM so that it’s not cold or grayed-out like north-facing rooms.

Bathroom update, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Metropolis vanity, Bianco Drift quartz and gray subway tile by Kylie M Interiors

As we move towards noon, the light will slowly get brighter and whiter and the chances of being judged for day-drinking (which you may be doing shortly) will be greatly reduced. This bright light can start to wash colours out and lighten the look of them.

For example, in the above photo, check out the walls facing you, they are a bit shadowed, but the wall with the TP holder is getting lighter and quite washed-out in comparison as it’s getting a direct hit of eastern light.

EAST-FACING LIGHT AROUND NOON

Once we hit noon, the room will be pretty bright without much warmth and will start the downward slide toward a more shaded, cooler look. And I don’t mean ‘shade’ as in shadows, but shade as in ‘gray’ and flat. Cool colours can do okay at this time of the day, but warm colours can offer some balance and warmth.

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a great off-white paint color for home staging and selling. Shown in small bathroom with Kingsport Gray vanity

EAST-FACING AFTERNOON LIGHT

In the afternoon, an east-facing room will look progressively grayer and slightly cooler, with fewer shadows (all of the room is slightly shadowed as a whole) – I can hear the crickets chirping now, oh wait, that’s my phone with a message – which I’ll never check.

Best paint colour for bathroom vanity or cabinets, Benjamin MOore Kingsport Gray with formica travertine counters. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Cool colours in eastern afternoon light can feel a bit chilly and flat if they have too much gray in them. Warm colours can help to balance out the gray-flat light.

So, what is a girl (or guy) to do now? DRINK UP BUTTERCUP! That’s right, you might need to call in the reinforcements (Mr. Pinot and Ms. Merlot) when it comes to choosing the best paint colour for your east-facing room. So, grab that sippy cup and let’s get started.

This is where the fun starts!

The best paint colors for east facing, eastern exposure room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice. Benjamin and Sherwin

Above samples are just approximations

STEP 1: It’s all in the timing

Before you even LOOK at paint colours, you need to determine how much time you spend in this room.

  • If you spend most of your time in the morning, you’ll want to pick the colour that you like BEST in the morning light
  • If you spend most of your time in this room in the afternoon, you will want to pick the colour that you like best in the AFTERNOON light

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, master bedroom with dark cherry wood furniture, navy blue, white and red accents. Kylie M E-design and online color consulting expert

Does this mean you completely ignore the other half of the day? No. You just don’t give it priority. And while you may LOVE a colour in the morning light, but not the afternoon, as long as it’s ‘okay’ and doesn’t go against your religious beliefs then it might just be a good choice.

‘But what if I’m in the room in the morning AND the afternoon?’

Well, then we move on to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Lighting is your friend

For the time of day when your room is at it’s darkest and most shaded, use interior lighting as a supplement. This can put an ENTIRELY new face on your paint colour and make it more liveable during the shaded hours. PLEASE take the time to improve the lighting in your room as this will make ALL of the difference in the world – read tips on how to do that here.

While they say that ‘daylight’ bulbs best mimic the natural daylight, I find that they really only mimic the sunlight at its peak – so at its whitest. This isn’t always a ‘liveable light’ for what we’re used to with our old-school bulbs. I would opt for a slightly warmer light over a daylight bulb in a shaded space.

So, those are the basics. Now, let’s talk about colour.

When I’ve talked about the best paint colours for north and south-facing rooms, it’s been easy to peg down some good colour options as the light is a bit more predictable throughout the day. However, with east-facing rooms having split-personalities, it isn’t so clear-cut and there IS no exact recipe. HOWEVER, there are some pretty good tips that I’ve come up with.

IF YOU USE YOUR ROOM MOSTLY IN THE MORNING

Bless your heart. If I could get up every day at noon, I would.

A warm cream tone can be beautiful in a north facing room to off-set the gray blue exposure. Shown here is Benjami Moore Indian White by Kylie M Interiors

WARM PAINT COLOURS

Can be slightly enhanced, but will look more or less like you’d expect. Warm colours can really suit a morning east-facing room.

COOL PAINT COLOURS

Can feel refreshing in east-facing morning light.

NEUTRAL PAINT COLOURS

Cool neutrals with cool undertones will be welcoming in the morning hours without casting icy cold. Warm neutrals with warm undertones will do what they do and just be warm.

ALL of the above will start looking washed-out as you get closer to noon if you get good sunlight on your walls.

Tips and Ideas

  • If you choose colours that have a wink more ‘colour’ in them and less gray, you may find that the increased colour helps fight off the shaded look of the afternoon light, while still looking beautiful in the morning hours
  • You might find that blues with a touch of green in them feel a bit softer and more inviting
  • Greens that have a wink of yellow vs a wink of blue can warm things up more again
  • Purples that lean slightly to the pink side (taupe) rather than the blue (cool) side can help balance things off a bit if you’re worried about the gray afternoon light

how paint colours are in an east facing room with eastern exposure light. Kylie M E-design, online colour consultant

This is just an approximation – it ain’t gospel…but it’s close (wink wink)

IF YOU USE YOUR ROOM MOSTLY IN THE AFTERNOON

The afternoon light can be DRASTICALLY different from morning light.

Ideas to update an outdated bathroom wtih walk in shower, white vanity and Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere walls

Warm paint colours

Warm colours can help balance out the more shaded, slightly cooler look of east-facing afternoon light.

Cool paint colours

Might be a bit more subdued and grayed out and can come across even cooler-toned than normal.

Neutral paint colours

Will all be shaded and toned down.

Tips and Ideas

  • You may want to use colours that a) are a bit warmer and less neutral. It’s okay to have a beige base, but if you have some good ‘colour’ mixed in, it will help to fight off the flatness of the afternoon light
  • If you choose a cool colour that has a bit more ‘colour’ in it and less gray, you may find that it holds itself a bit better in the afternoon
  • If you go for cool paint colours or gray neutrals, you may want to add warm accents and texture to your room to add balance and visual warmth.
  • I’ve found that my clients are often able to live with paint colours that make a room feel a bit too warm vs paint colours that make a room feel a bit too cold, something to consider if you use your east-facing room in the afternoon

I know that’s a TON of info – it’s like verbal diarrhoea on my end, so I can’t imagine how it’s being received on yours. So, you can take that all into consideration OR take a deep breath, totally ignore me (Tim has an uncanny knack for this) and just read the summary of things below, along with the best paint colour options…

But before you do that, take a quick second to answer these two questions…

  1. Do I use my room more in the morning or in the afternoon?
  2. Am I more comfortable in warmer colours or cooler colours?

Warm paint colour ideas for east-facing rooms (incl: NE and SE)

Best warm paint colours for east facing room, exposure. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M E-design and online colour consulting expert

Clockwise from top left

Benjamin Moore Powell Buff HC-35

Powell Buff sits nicely in-between being a ‘colour’ and a ‘neutral’. It has a beige base with a solid golden (orange-yellow) colour that comes up. It will neutralize that bit more in the afternoon, but still, hold some warmth. Once in a BLUE moon, it flashes a wee wink o’ green, but don’t expect it.

Benjamin Moore Pale Avocado 2146-40

Okay, this IS a cool-ISH colour as it’s a green, however, I added a lot of yellow to it, which makes Pale Avocado seem more like a warm colour.

Sherwin Williams Vanillin SW-6371

Vanillin is a creamy colour. Cream is a yellow base colour and this one has just a touch more yellow than the average neutral cream, while still having a soft grounded base.

Benjamin Moore French Toast CC-244

French Toast is another golden type of colour that has a good degree of yellow and orange mixed with a beige base. Powell Buff will seem considerably more neutral in comparison!

Benjamin Moore Hepplewhite Ivory HC-36

Hepplewhite Ivory is along the same lines as Vanillin, but with a bit more colour/yellow in it.

Benjamin Moore Cinnamon 2174-20

Cinnamon is a gorgeous rust tone that has a nice orange backdrop which saves it from falling red-burgundy as some reddish colours can.

Read more: The 5 Best Warm Neutral Paint Colours

Entryway, Kylie M E-design, online color consultant. Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, Creamy, black interior front door, red and navy accents

The best paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Home Decorating and diy ideas blogger.market

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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

Cool paint colour ideas for east-facing rooms (incl. SE as well)

the best paint cool, blue, green paint colours for east facing exposure room. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams. Kylie M E-design

Clockwise starting in the top left

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW-6211

Rainwashed is a beautiful blue-green-gray blend. And while it will gray-blue itself out a bit in the afternoon, it will still be a beautiful colour with the right interior lighting.

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143

Wythe Blue is another blue-green-gray blend, but it’s more in the light-medium range with more depth than Rainwashed. This means that it could fight off the gray afternoon light a bit better.

Read more: The 8 Best Blue/Green Paint Colours.

Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp 1570

Gray Wisp is on the border of ‘colour and neutral’ when it comes to east-facing rooms. In the morning the green-blue of it will be soft and soothing. In the afternoon the gray in it will come up a bit more but can be shifted with the right interior lighting plan.

Benjamin Moore Fernwood Green 2145-40

Fernwood Green is just a PRETTY green with a country vibe. It has a subtle warmth that holds itself well in the afternoon light.

See Fernwood Green here: A More Colourful Country Farmhouse Paint Palette 

Benjamin Moore Caribbean Teal 2123-20

I am a BIG fan of Caribbean Teal. It’s a medium-toned mix of blue-green with a touch of gray to calm it down. It adds richness and warmth to a room just via its depth.

Sherwin Williams Grassland SW-6163

Grassland is a soft, slightly warm green with its greige base (gray-beige).

The above ideas cover the slightly more colourful end of things – without going too far one way or another. Now, for those of you who are so inclined…

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass open layout living room and dining room. Blue green gray paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online color consulting. Client photo

The Best Neutral Paint Colours for an East-Facing Room

Not everyone wants colour, and I find that MOST of my E-Design clients want neutrals on their walls – regardless of their exposures. Which brings me to another question that I’m often asked…

‘Do I HAVE to paint my east or west-facing room a colour? Can’t I paint it gray, beige or gray?’

Of course you can, you can do whatever the heck ya want! Just keep in mind, the more neutral your paint colour is (the less ‘colour’ it has in it and the more beige-gray it looks) the drabber it might look at the ‘shaded’ time of day.

I recommend looking for neutrals that have at least a WEEEE willy wink (super technical term) of colour in them to off-set those shadows a bit. You’ll also want to make sure that your interior lighting is sufficient to help balance those gray shades off a bit.

Best neutral gray and beige paint colours for east facing room exposure. Sherwin and Benjamin. Kylie M E-design

Clockwise starting at the top left

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray SW 0055

Light French Gray is a soft, slightly fresh gray with a very vague purple undertone. As far as grays go, I like it for east-facing rooms as it doesn’t go as muddy as some other gray and greige paint colours can.

Sherwin Williams Techno Gray SW 6170

Techno Gray is a nice greige base colour with a reasonably warm green undertone.

Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream OC-96

I’ve always been a Gentle Cream fan. It’s a soft creamy colour (which means there’s yellow in it) but there’s also a bit of orange, all wrapped up in a calm warm beige base. Read the colour review HERE.

Benjamin Moore Paris Rain 1501

Paris Rain is along the same lines as the EVER popular Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. The main difference is that it has CONSIDERABLY more green in it.

Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012

Creamy is one of the only off-whites that I would turn to for an east-facing room…and it’s borderline. Creamy is a light cream colour (so there’s yellow in it) that is balanced with a neutral base to calm it right down. It will neutralize considerably in the afternoon. Read the colour review HERE.

Sherwin Williams Macadamia SW 6142

Macadamia is similar to Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan (which was in the running as well). These are more golden, light-medium beige colours. They have a decent orange undertone with a wink of yellow in there as well. (Don’t let those words scare you, if it’s a warm colour, it will have yellow, orange or red in it – it’s a matter of finding the blend you like!)

Benjamin Moore Collingwood OC-28

Collingwood is a gorgeous warm gray paint colour with a soft purple undertone. You will need good interior lighting to bring it to life in the afternoon! Paint colour review HERE.

Read more: Benjamin Moore’s Best Beige and Tan Paint Colours

 

Do you have a southeast, east-west or northeast facing room? 

While it might seem confusing, having dual exposures isn’t that bad when you’re armed with the right info! Check out this blog post on how to pick paint colours when you have 2 exposures.

Master Bedroom, white board and batten paint colour, vaulted ceiling, chandelier, wood barn door and white oak flooring. Stonington Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice blog

Interior furnishings and OTHER considerations

Oh, you don’t get off that easy – there’s a whole ‘NOTHER side to choosing the best colour for your room – your interior finishings.

The interior of your room adds a whole DIFFERENT set of rules, but there is only SO much I can do with a blog post! If you don’t know which paint colour is best with your exposure, countertops, flooring, furniture, personal tastes, etc… you might want to check out my E-Design.

Need Help?

E-Design and Online Colour Consulting – 4000+ happy clients can’t be wrong! 

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READ MORE:

The Best Paint Colours for a West Facing Room

The Best Colours for a North Facing Room

The Best Colours for a South Facing Room

The 8 Best Blue and Green Paint Colours

Written in 2017, updated in 2019



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      Hi Connie! I do love Accessible Beige and it would be lovely in the morning. You might find it a bit more dull in the afternoon, but it should still hold a bit of warmth.

      ~Kylie

  1. A fun article! Thank you!

    Why would you consider Creamy to be borderline in an east facing room? Does too much yellow show through? And what is the major difference between Creamy and Gentle Cream?

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      Hi Stephanie! The reason is that Creamy is SO light, so there isn’t much ‘colour’ to fight off the grayish light so it can fall a bit more flat. Gentle Cream has more depth and richness to it and would hold itself up a bit better! With regard to LRV, Creamy is 81 and Gentle Cream is 72, so there’s a reasonable difference between the 2! GC is more of a ‘light’ colour where as Creamy is closer to the off-white range.
      HOpe that helps Steph!

      1. Yes, that explanation helps a lot, thank you! Your understanding of how colors are made and act in different situations is seriously a gift, and I haven’t found information this useful anywhere else. A few months ago, I did a color consult with you on my living room. I almost did Wool Skein darkened by 25%, but after taking your advice on painting a poster board and looking at it for days in different lights, etc, I made a last minute switch to Malabar. I love it, and it was just exactly what I was picturing in my head. Thank you for sharing your gift!

  2. Great article! I particularly appreciated the morning/ afternoon comparison. I have SW Jogging Path in an East-facing study. IOU more pics! Stella is as photogenic as ever. ????

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  3. Nice article. Just came across your blogs and there is a lot of information. Before reading this I was set on agreeable grey for my open floor plan east-west orientation living room. What do you think about agreeable room in east and west facing rooms. BTW when can I expect your post for west facing rooms. Thanks

    RD

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      Hi! Agreeable Gray is tricky for east and west. It can fall a bit flat in the afternoon in East and in the morning in West. It might just look a bit more gray/drab in those lights, whereas the brighter eastern morning light and warmer western afternoon light can shift it nicely. And yes, I posted it a week or 2 ago, did you see it???!!!

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  4. I’m looking forward to your Colors for a West Facing Room post! All of my rooms are combo SE, NW, NE, or SW, as we live in a culdesac in sunny Florida. It is challenging! Your posts are truly helping me see how I need to look at colors and undertones, and make my home look its best! What I need is a nice, calm, light (not bright) green/gray/blue Sherwin Williams color for a southwest facing small room with one window! I tried Sea Salt and Comfort Gray but they came out after two coats looking blue. Thankfully, I am patient and will wait for your post????????

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  5. Hi Kylie!
    Great post, perfect timing! I would love to have white walls throughout a majority of my living space but I have three children 2 and under. I am compromising and going for a very light grey. I painted my east facing space Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. The walls that do not receive direct light are a beautiful creamy gray. The walls that are receiving direct morning sunlight are a pale buttery yellow. As the day goes on the yellow takes a backseat and we have a gorgeous gray throughout the afternoon. But when I flip the lights on each evening, I have a buttery yellow room again. I don’t want yellow. Especially when I’m entertaining in the evening.

    My kitchen is open to this space and has honey oak cabinets with countertops that have a pinkish taupe undertone. (Remodel in our future!). I have to be nice to the kitchen for now. I am thinking about painting the walls silver satin or Balboa Mist so that the purple undertone will negate the yellow morning light and incandescent lighting. I am nervous that I am going to see too much purple and end up with a romantic space.

    Thoughts on Silver satin or Balboa mist? Am I on the right path? I cannot believe that classic Gray went so buttery in this space!

    1. Just wanted to add that winds breath goes very peachy in the kitchen from the reflection of the oak (current color).. not sure if that helps. I was looking at bm light pewter as well. I know there isn’t a perfect color but there has to be a better option.

      Hope you can give a little insight!

      1. Hey Jennifer, I was thinking of using classic grey in my east facing home but am now second guessing. Did you end up repainting?

  6. Since cinnamon has a really low lrv, I’m guessing you’re not against dark colors in an east facing room. We’re considering Sherwin Williams Backdrop (with an lrv of 20) for our family room. So many of the pale grieges seem to pull violet in that room, but the deep rich color of backdrop holds its own. I’m just a little nervous to put such a dark color in my house! The room is well lit, especially in the morning, so I think it will be okay, it’s just a bold choice for me. Any thoughts on the color? (As a side note, we tried lightening it by 25% and it went really green. Is that normal for adjustments to change the undertones?)

  7. Hi Kylie,
    Great post, I had almost missed this post. I am looking for a paint color for my East facing family room, open to kitchen. It has windows in NE and SE too, lots of green outside, it had dark gray from previous owner. We renovated kitchen with white/gray cabinets. And painted family room Behr Sage tint (looks similar to SW pearl gray), color looks nice bu t does not look like a family room color.

    I was thinking of painting it SW Conservative gray or Aloof gray, but they don’t have tinch of blue I am loving in that room.
    I liked BM Gray Crisp from your list, is this similar to SW Comfort Gray? Will that be too much blue? What do you suggest?
    Thanks,

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      Hi Nidhi, thank you for your note! When it comes to questions like yours, I do refer to my e-design so I can take a look at the room and the products (countertops/flooring/lighting/etc…) – otherwise I’m really just guessing! So, if you can’t find quite what you need via my blog posts, it might be time for me to take a closer look at things! Here’s the link for you to check out… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/interior-paint-colors/
      ~Kylie

  8. Hi Kylie,

    Building a new home that has east/west orientation. I really wanted accessible beige in the open area that faces east & it was so gray & drab. Ended up choosing natural tan. I noticed a hint of yellow, do I have to worry that the room will come off yellow?

    Thanks, Pat

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      Hi Pat, it will certainly warm up when the sun is coming in the morning/afternoon for the respective areas. However, it’s not overly yellow toned. It is warmer than Accessible Beige and if you are finding that just too drab, then this is probably the next best thing!

  9. Thanks for the response Kylie, will sure keep in mind your online consulting for future use.
    For now, painted family room SW Silver Strand, white molding (do not know exact color, painter said semi gloss white) and SW creamy for ceiling, breakfast nook and Kitchen of this Family room/breakfast nook/kitchen open area. Silver strand fits what I was looking for, nice balance of green and blue both, more like a neutral color. Its bit darker than Behr Sage mint I had earlier but not too dark. I had thought of reducing Silver strand by 25% which would have been fine too. Your blog helped a lot, I am a happy camper. Thanks a bunch!!

  10. Hi Kylie!

    Can you tell me what colors look best in a SE facing room? My entire house sits wonky, so none of the rooms are a true N, S, E, W direction.

    Thank you!

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      Hi Lynsee, unfortunately that would be a WHOLE new blog post. The idea is to take the info I’ve given and maybe tweak it to suit your space. I do have blog posts on every ‘single’ direction – north, south, east, west. If that doesn’t work it might be time for an e-design consult so that I can take everything into account that I need to ie: furniture/products/etc… If that interests you, it’s affordable and fun! thank you for your note! When it comes to personal questions, I do need to refer to my E-design so that I can look at photos and your questionnaire, otherwise I’m just guessing! It’s affordable and fun if you’d like to check it out! I do try to give as much good info as I can on my blog and if that doesn’t work, it might be time for a closer look! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  11. I am learning so much from you! Please keep the wonderful (witty) information coming. It’s truly a pleasure to read.
    Agreeable gray was one of my choices for my open east-facing kitchen/dining/living room areas with west-facing foyer. I saw your comment about it getting washed out or drab. What do you think of repose gray instead?

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      Hi Laci, thanks for finding me funny 😉

      I love Agreeable Gray and it does depend on HOW much light you get too as the more light is the merrier! Repose Gray is beautiful and a bit more fresh, but sometimes I find it just a touch heavy and would be inclined to lighten it by 25%…

      I hope that helps!

  12. Hi Kylie
    I have a new build, is there one paint color that will work for my east facing bathroom and my north facing bedroom? I’m shooting for a tranquil bedroom and my bath will be used mostly in the morning.

    Thanks

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  13. Hi Kylie. I was thinking of painting cabinets in my kitchen white. I love the Alabaster by SW. my kitchen windows are west. Really want a happy kitchen. I don’t want cabinets to look dirty. What is your idea?
    Thanks,
    Missy

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      Hmmm, I’m wondering if BM Simply Whtie might be a bit better, to avoid the dirty effect. Alabaster is GREAT, but Simply White is more of a clean and bright warm colour. Other option – ask them to add 4 ounces of white to the gallon of Alabaster, this can just slightly clean it up 🙂

  14. Hi Kylie
    I just love your site. I have been following you for a while now and I find myself always seeking out your site. I’m sure there are times I have read the same info over multiple time lol. You also crack me up when I needed it most by this most frustrating process of paint color selection. I do have a quick question looking for a color for a small east/north facing bedroom. I like cool colors vs warm but was hoping for a more neutral for this room. Thanks again

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      Hi Cindy, I’m so glad you like me 😉 I wonder if you might like SW Agreeable Gray. It will fall a bit cooler (it’s a greige that leans greige), but as long as you have some decent light it might strike your fancy? If you don’t have enough natural light, it could be a bit dingy. Or maybe you just need to hit up a gray, say Big Chill???

      I hope that helps!

  15. Hi Kylie. I am thinking of using grant beige for my east facing master bedroom. It’s currently sandy brown which is too yellow.
    I just want a nice neutral.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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      I DO love Grant Beige, it’s got a ‘tan’ thing going on, rather than the typical yellow/orange that you’d see in a lot of beiges. I think it could be a nice shift for you 🙂

  16. Hi! I love your articles and after spending $30 in paint samples that now may not work I am a little frustrated. Hopefully you can help a little. My husband and I work 8-5 so we are mostly home in the evening and these are the colors we bought: SW Agreeable Gray (I’ve read your comments and this color might be out) SW Amazing Gray and BM Pale Oak. Any of them worth it? I like Gray a lot and want to keep everything neutral as I don’t really want color but I don’t want my house to look sad or dirty so I’m wondering if any of those colors would do that? Also would a BM Chelsea Gray work on cabinets in West facing kitchen? Thanks in advance!

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      Hi Sarah! There is really so much to consider when choosing a colour, especially exposure and interior finishes. I lean the most toward Agreeable, but that being said, if you have north/east without good light, you might find it too drab. Sorry I can’t be more definitive without sitting down with some photos and spending some time with your room! Same with Chelsea Gray – FAB colour, but it depends on the type of gray (if any) in your countertop/flooring/backsplash…

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      That’s tough. if you have a lot of natural light, you can pull off a warm one, but if it’s low light, it could look a touch dingy (which you CAN supplement with interior lighting). Cool won’t make the room feel any warmer, but it would help it feel a bit more clean/crisp – so a lot does depend on the look you’re going for…

  17. My master bedroom faces west on the golf course in sunny Las Vegas. I need a tan/beige/timeless color that really doesn’t pull any definite undertones. What would you suggest?

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  18. Hi Kylie,

    I happened upon your very informative website and I glad to see Grant Beige on the list for a south facing room. I am actually trying to find a close math to Grant Beige in Behr Marquee paints. We are painting a very large room with high walls, and know my husband would appreciate the benefit of the one coat coverage. Behr doesn’t guarantee this coverage in other brands of paint. Thanks.

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      Well Andrea, I’m a big sceptic of the 1 coat coverage paints. It has to be the right colour and the right application (thickness). I’ve yet to see one that I’m 100% happy with, where the original colour doesn’t flash through – but maybe I haven’t seen the right one yet! I’ve found that some painters use the ‘good from 4 feet’ rule – if it looks good from 4 feet away, then it’s fine. I’ve found to get the true colour, that 2 coats are best…

  19. Hi Kylie
    I have indeed invited Ms.Merlot to join me while I read the information you provided about color. I have learned so much from your wonderful suggestions. I have an east facing open living room , kitchen and dinning room. The space has a lot of natural light. I was hoping you could help me decide between Grey owl or Revere Pewter. I I know they are different but i am open to suggestions. I would love to accentuate with grey and navy furnishings, I have a leather dark brown couch, actually it’s all I have left after hurricane Maria hit the island where I lived. So it’s a clean canvas to work on. Btw i love your sense of humor.

    Thank you

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      Hi Kristy! Oooo, of the 2, I might lean toward Revere Pewter as it has a bit more softness to it. It would look gorgeous with gray and navy as long as the gray isn’t a purple base…I think Gray Owl might be a touch too flat perhaps…
      Cheers!
      ~Kylie

  20. Kylie! You are the best! I just wish I had read this before I painted my dining room. I used BM Windham cream. We have an East facing traditional home. It is fine in there but now so love that Carribean teal. I also was thinking of a gray in the foyer which has been BM Wilmington tan for years…But after reading this, I honestly don’t think it’s a good choice. I think it would be drab at night . I will say the gold holds up well in all lights…But would like a bit of a change… Used as repose gray in a bedroom upstairs and just love it…But the foyer is really tough…And I have a country red kitchen…Still love it . Thanks for your great posts!!!

  21. Hi Kylie

    Love your ideas and suggestions for each room of house.
    We have an East facing kitchen with no window. Lots of light in morning and gradually decreases throughout the day. We are going to be painting our U-Shaped kitchen cabinets soon and decided not to go with BM Chantilly Lace or BM Decorators White as they are to stark looking, in addition to the fact we have Dunn Edwards Miners Dust on the walls and throughout the living room which the kitchen opens into.

    We now have BM Crisp linen on the cabinets and although it is a creamier white (and yes has yellow) it seems to be consistent with the change in lighting throughout the day. Just want to get your thoughts on the cream “white” and gray combination. We originally wanted to do BM Van Coulter Blue on lower cabinets and the creme on top, but not sure now.

    Your thoughts appreciated.

    Paula

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      Hi Paula, it is ALLLL in the type of cream and the type of gray. The more yellow you have in the cream, the more it can react with a cooler toned gray or even a warm-toned gray – and unfortunately I’m not familiar with Dunn Edwards colours. My advice – err on the side of caution and try to hit a warm white, but one that isn’t TOOOO obviously warm/yellow toned as that can also be tricky to coordinate with down the road for trim and decor.

  22. Aloha Kylie! I love reading your blog, so informative and funny! I am having my 90’s kitchen raised panel maple cabinets redone soon and I want to have them painted white. I have one east facing window and so the kitchen doesn’t have very much natural light. I have read your blog posts about the best white colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams and have gotten 5 different samples to see how they look. So far, the samples aren’t looking as white as I want, one of my problems is that I need to redo my lighting in the kitchen and right now it’s not sufficient enough to get a true evaluation of the colors. Is there a color that you would recommend so that the cabinets will have the best chance of not looking drab and dingy? My 90’s Corian counter top is in good shape so I am hoping to keep that…so funny, it looks white but now that I have all of my color samples it is really grey with white and “peppered” with black specks. Lol, I never knew picking out a white color would be so difficult! Thanks for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it.

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      Aloooooha! Yes, it can be SO hard when you don’t have the lighting in place! If I had to put my money on a non drab/dingy white, it would probably be SW Pure White. It’s pretty white and has just a weeee lil’ wink of warmth in it. Simply White is similar, but can come up a touch TOO warm if your countertop is more gray base…
      Other than that, you’d look at more standard whites, like SW High Reflective White…

      I hope that helps Janet!

      1. Mahalo Kylie! I think that Pure White looks a little better with my counter tops than the Simply White and is one of the colors that I like a lot. The other color I kind of like is BM Chantilly but just not sure if it’s the right tone. I will go and get a sample of the High Reflective White and see how that looks. I painted my samples on computer cardstock type paper and hung them on the cabinet for comparison. I have such a hard time trying to visualize off that small paper so really appreciate your experience!

  23. Hi Kylie,

    I really like your blog and you are really good with colors. My home faces south east. I had my husband come out here and the living room to check. Our floors are a red gun stock. I’ve noticed you like gentle cream so I thought I would paint our open floor plan with that. Our kitchen cabinets are white dove. Thanks so much for all the info. We live in the Blue Ridge mountains and I was wanting something soft and neutral with no pink.

  24. Hey Kylie..I totally love your blog. I had a few questions regarding our east facing kitchen and living room. My wife and I our trying to pick a light Greige that does not look pink or yellow. I would prefer a color that looks light grey, brown or a little blue. We our planning on a farmhouse theme and putting Navy blue accents with a Steel color couch. Our kitchen cabinets our Espresso color and unfortunately we have a dark black counter top. My wife likes Repose Gray , but I think it’s abit dark. I read that we could possibly lighten up 25%. What do you think about Agreeable Gray? Or possibly Edgecomb Gray or Revere Pewter (these seem to be the most popular) ? Thanks for your input.

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      Hi Mike, it sounds to me like Agreeable GRay ALL THE WAY! I have clients who want a greige, yet find it a bit too gray/blue (particularly with north facing and you will get ‘similar light’ in the afternoon with east facing’. I would TOTALLY lean toward that more so than Repose, which can be a bit unpredictable…

  25. Kylie makes me laugh outloud. My advise to easy facing living room with a green wonderland outside, don’t use accessible beige. It was really pretty when I moved in. It was winter and no beautiful green grass yet. I have poured over all this advise for hours and am ready to move.

  26. I have a east facing living room and I tend to pull yellows no matter what ….. my recent paint trial was Ben Moore White Down which changes in every room of course. Do you think Gentle Cream or Creamy would pull less yellow than this? Or which white would be nicer to have a clean wall with Extra White Crown molding ?

    Trying to just kill the YELLOW!!

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      Hi Holly, thank you for asking! I actually have an e-design business just for questions like yours – otherwise, I’m guessing as to what your home REALLY looks like with its eastern light/interior finishes/interior lighting, etc… I do try to give as much complimentary, helpful info on my blog as possible, and if that doesn’t work, it just might be time for me to take a look! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  27. Do you think Creamy or Ballet White is better for a living room area with North and West windows? I was thinking Colonnade Gray but I’m so confused on warm and cold light!!

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      Hi Heather, well I would lean toward Creamy as it is a bit more of a fresh look, but even it will soften with that gray light!

  28. Hi Kylie,
    We are building an East facing lake house with lots of light (basically all windows on east side). Right now we have picked out SW Pure White for trim/doors/cabinets and SW Downing Slate for island color. Agreeable grey is what we are planning on going with for kitchen/living room. Do you feel our choices may work out? (We are no experts, but this color talk is really intriguing – I want to make sure we get it right!)

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      Hi Meg, it all sounds pretty! Just keep in mind that Agreeable Gray can be unpredictable and often turns out more like a gray-blue than a greige – it’s a funny one! However, that being said, it would still be nice with Downing Slate !

  29. Would you recommend any of these (or anything else) as a ceiling color? I have a sloped ceiling that is currently knotty pine that has yellowed over time. I was the thinking of painting the walls SW Creamy but want to do the ceiling and trim in another (not white) color. My instinct was Light French Gray but I’m worried about it pulling too purple (nice on walls, but maybe not for the ceiling). This room tends to pull very blue/purple – BM moonshine just looks like ice blue. I looked at SW Twilight Gray, Mindful Gray and Useful Gray, but now I’m worried they will be too muddy. Just wondering if the same rules apply to the ceiling as the walls. Thanks for all your help! This post made me realize why I don’t like any of the griege swatches I put up on the wall.

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      Hi Leslie! Sloped ceilings are tricky. Unlike normal ceilings that tend to look a shade darker than the walls, sloped ceilings often look lighter as the light pans across them! Of course, that depends on how much light they get! But I would expect undertones to be slightly enhanced on a sloped ceiling and am grateful you went away from Light French Gray as the purple really can come up – especially with a warm colour like Creamy!

      1. That’s great info, thank you! I’ve continually returned to your blog while painting my first fixer upper. Your posts and comments are the most practical, logical and helpful of anybody.

  30. Please help :)!!! I’m on my 15th paint sample and still can decide on color. Ugh! South east facing great room with large windows. Open floor plan, so I’m painting family room, kitchen, hallways, entryway and dining room. The 2 colors I’ve narrowed it down to are Edgecomb gray and Wordly Gray. I love Edgecomb gray in most areas but a few places it looks too yellow which I do not want. Wordly Gray looks a little dark in the North west facing rooms. Just can’t decide what to do! Between those 2 colors, what do you recommend?? Thanks!!!

  31. I love this post and your others about N-W-E-and South facing rooms. I painted SW accessible beige in 2 rooms, and it’s a lovely soft ‘zen’ grey . So calming and soothing….really nice!!
    THEN! I tried it out in part of our downstairs hall….dull and drab. Thanks to your posts, I understand why! I’m trying some of your rcommendations for EAST facing walls So helpful..thanks Kylie!

  32. Hi Kylie,

    First of all, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! Your expertise amazes me.

    I recently bought a home and am looking for a neutral color to use in vsrious rooms facing different directions: living room (east)
    dining room (west)
    master bedroom (east)
    guest bedroom (south)

    I love the following BM neutrals:
    Stonington Grey
    Revere Pester
    Collington Wood
    Balboa Mist

    For now, I’m thinking of doing most of the house in 1 color aside from my son’s room and possibly my master bedroom. Which of the 4 BM colors do you recommend?

    Thank you so much!
    Erin

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  33. Thanks for doing this! I just bought another home I’m fixing up. I had hardwoods put on most of the main level in Jacobean. Dining room & 2 story foyer face west with lots of natural light. Study faces west with very little light. Living room faces east and gets okay light. The only room we didn’t change floors is the kitchen, because the kitchen is brand new! It faces east & gets great light. Light gray tile floors, stark white cabinets, subway tile in varied shades of gray, and moon white granite (white/gray with big specks of plum). I thought repose gray might work throughout but my husband prefers to bring in more color with mindful gray. What are your thoughts? I noticed neither color was suggested . I love purples & we’re not afraid of color but we we’re leaning towards grays because of what’s already in the home. Do you have suggestions for 1-2 colors that might work throughout?

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  34. I am so glad I found your site this morning! I was about to make some color choice mistakes! I need to select a kitchen color. My kitchen faces the east and a good bit of my morning light is filtered because of a cluster of trees on the NE side of my back yard. The kitchen has a small breakfast seating area with big windows on the east and south walls. The appliances and sink are opposite of the windows in a U shape configuration with the sink placed in the peninsula facing the windows. I already determined that I need a reflective tile backslash to help make the U shaped area brighter (I ultimately need under cabinet lighting). I have white cabinets and nice crown molding detailing so I was initially thinking of going with a darker color to give the room some contrast between the wall, cabinets and moldings but from what I have read, I need to stay above a LRV of 62 which is a lighter color. I am tempted by gray but perhaps that would make the room drab most of the time because of the filtered light.

    What are good kitchen colors for this scenario? I am tempted by all of the shades of gray because they are so popular but I wonder if this is a good choice for my house which faces West in the front (Dining room / Living Room / Foyer) and East in the back (Family Room / Kitchen / Laundry). I have been strongly considering the Benjamin Moore 2019 colors and their color of the year, but again, I wonder now that I have found your site. Those colors are kind of muddy.

    Too stressed to paint!!
    Janet

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  35. Hi! Great article! But! I am hoping to paint my NE facing master in SW inkwell. Or do I stay away from black on the walls? Maybe put it on the ceiling instead? And if another black is ok what do you recommend? Thank you for our time & knowledge! Cannot wait to hear what you have to say!

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      Hi Rachel! WELL, ou are talking to the right gal! In our last home I painted my office in SW Iron Ore, which is a soft black and LOOOOVED it because it had a LOT of natural light, even if it wasn’t overly warm/sunny (it was south facing but blocked by a hill). In our current home I chose to do a feature wall as I love the darkness, but my north facing master bedroom has looooow light. I partnered up BM Wrought Iron (another soft black with a hit of blue in it) with BM White Dove on the main walls and DAMN it’s pretty! I think that all black would’ve weighed too much for me – and i love dark colours. SO, for me, it’s more about how much light the room gets as to how much black I will consider!

  36. Hi Kylie,
    What about aesthetic white in an eastern facing room with afternoon/evening use ? Seems like it may be good because it has some warmth to it? Was thinking white heron for west facing rooms afternoon/evening use . Trying to go for the lighter look across the house, but not pure white all over.
    Thanks!

  37. Kylie, you are a breathe of fresh air, so glad I stumbled upon your knowledge. We bought a house to remodel for ourselves (2adults) and the main living floor is great room/kitchen combo. My hubby loves his grays and I love my beiges so we settled on flooring called Titus Beige (Beige with heavy feathering of Gray, plays in light). Kitchen cabinets will be shaker style in Sherwin Williams Pure White and quartz counter/island is undetermined as of yet. The entire great room is about 700sq feet and has an Eastern facing 16 foot slider doors that have an expansive view of all of Phoenix, mountains & city lights! So paint color choice is agonizing. We’ve tried a few other paint samples but so far we have a big painted sample of Anew Grey (LRV 47) as hubby had it in last house, but house was much bigger…..so we wonder if Anew might look too dark/heavy when it’s not getting full sun. We tried Agreeable Grey but it looked SO washed out in the strong East sun. Ugh! I read that you suggests having paint lightened by even 25% can do the trick…..do you think Anew Gray could be our Perfect Paint for my gray Guy and this Beige Beauty at 25% lighter??? Would love to see you do a video ASAP on Anew Gray????. PS- talking to hubby about ya a lot, so he’s curious about ya….”ya know, Kylie says…..”. Luv, Kelly & Grant in Phoenix

  38. Hi Kylie ~ I am desperate. My master bedroom looks like the face of a clown. I am tired of trying colors. They look one color in one wall and another completely different color in another wall. I have tried 27 different colors , Benjamin Moore and SW.

    The bedroom has SE light. But there is a hallway in the bedroom with two separe closets with not much natural light. I started with grays and toupee colors. The colors were different in the hallway than in the actual bedroom part. So tomorrow I am going to test browns for accent walls and beige or whites for the rest of the wall. I’ll see if it works. If it doesn’t work , I am going to need your help. How much do you charge to work directly and privately with me to choose the right colors. I need brown for accent walls and creamy beige fr the rest of the walls. By the way , the master bathroom is kind of open to the bedroom, so I like to do the same as the master bedroom. The bathroom area have a big half moon window SE and the west room, which is a separate room have a small East window. The catch here is that I have painters coming to paint in two weeks. So I have to have my colors selected in a week and a half. I will know by Wednesday 6/3/2020. Would you be able to help me ?

    Thank you !

  39. I adore the paint colour you showed in the first bathroom in the east morning light (with the marble). May I ask which colour this is?

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